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Dreading the *awk* family reunion?  Do this instead.
Root & Seed  

Dreading the *awk* family reunion? Do this instead.

While we know the benefits of connecting family members, we also know that this can also be a stress-inducing experience for some.

What Does Asian Heritage Month Mean To You?
Anika Chabra  

What Does Asian Heritage Month Mean To You?

The question “What does Asian Heritage Month mean to you?” led us to really assess relationships and commitment to our culture. In this article Anika thoughtfully recounts her reaction to the question, what questions it brought up as a result, and how she will move forward as the month approaches. 

Generational polaroid photos
Anika Chabra  

Happy Memories > Sad Memories. The Spectrum (and Generations) In-Between

April 24-30 marks Global Intergenerational Week, a worldwide campaign that encourages everyone to embrace intergenerational practice and relationships. In this article Anika shares a first-person account of what it’s like to be that bridge, why it feels like a natural and obvious place for them to exist, and how the “way we gather” in families matters.

A new year invitation to gather stories - YOURS
Anika Chabra  

A new year invitation to gather stories - YOURS

How to use Root & Seed to get the most out of 2024 - new year, old stories, new meaning.

Candle lighting from another candle
Anika Chabra  

Keep On Kin-keeping On

Read the "Kin-keeper Pledge" and remember the why behind our efforts.

Recording Conversations with People in Our Lives
Root & Seed  

Recording Conversations with People in Our Lives

Chris Burnett believes everyone has a narrative worth telling. He provides encouragement and a guide to chat with your loved ones about their life and your relationship.

Perfect Pairing gift montage
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Perfect Pairing Gift Guide

We are excited to release our very first Root & Seed Perfect Pairing list. Consider this your ultimate 2023 Gift Guide.

Allissa Lim Wearing: Boran - Khmer Traditional Dress
Root & Seed  

Dreaming Big to Discover Cambodia

Some healing journeys start with a step into the past.

Grandfather reading to two children
Root & Seed  

7 Heartwarming Children’s Books About Grandparents

Stories to appreciate our grandparents, and all the lessons and traditions they have to share.

Cards with mobile conversation tool
Root & Seed  

Using the Conversation Tools

A quick guide to using the Cards & Tool together.

Colleagues having a conversation around a table
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Why “Getting to Know You” Matters in the Workplace

How to actually break the ice and grow together through the art of conversation.

Community Spotlight: Kim P and her family in India
Root & Seed  

A Return to India

Etchings of Moments That Shape a Life

Pride Parade in Toronto 2023, balloons spelling "PRIDE" with parade goers all around
Root & Seed  

Celebrating the Culture of Pride

Misshka Guptaa, Root & Seed Intern, shares the background, traditions, and significance of Pride as a culture and community. 

Grandmother and granddaughter sharing stories
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From Cradle To Adulthood, Why You Shouldn't Wait For Your Memorial To Take Stock Of Your Life

Find purpose, healing, and greater well-being through storytelling.

Family having a conversation with conversation cards, the question "Who is an important person in your life?" is featured.
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7 Secrets to Leading A Great Conversation

You don’t need to be a professional interviewer, journalist or memorialist to inspire conversations that mean something. Keep these 7 tips in mind as you discover your family stories, and your results will be more fruitful.

Handles holding a candle
Jennifer Mandel  

The Therapeutic Importance of Closing Rituals

Getting into family stories can be full of excitement or heaviness. We share some examples of closing rituals for after a Root & Seed conversation.

All Hail The Kinkeeper (and FTLOG, get them a cocktail)
Root & Seed  

All Hail The Kinkeeper (and FTLOG, get them a cocktail)

Let’s ease the mental load of the people who keep our families together.

5 Must Read Comic Books By Indigenous Writers And Artists
Root & Seed  

5 Must Read Comic Books By Indigenous Writers And Artists

Add these powerful family and cultural stories to your bookshelves.

Special Teas From Around The World
Root & Seed  

Special Teas From Around The World

Enjoying teatime to the fullest with local flavours and traditions.

Easter: Beyond Bunnies & Baskets
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Easter: Beyond Bunnies & Baskets

The deeper meaning of Easter.

Cultural Bereavement
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Cultural Bereavement

As someone who has lost a parent, therefore lost profoundly, the concept of grief in both small and big ways consumes me.

Ramadan: Breaking Fast Together Under a New Moon
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Ramadan: Breaking Fast Together Under a New Moon

How over 1.5 billion Muslims commemorate a shared history and come together in community.

Owning Multicultural Influences
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Owning Multicultural Influences

How we’re shaped by the worlds we grew up in.

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